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3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Tie into the Warner Bros. Max and Carla are two New Yorkers who have nothing in common until they both survive a plane crash. Now they must face their families, friends, guilt and each other in this deftly-crafted saga.
Mass Market, 10 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 1st 1993)
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Apr 21, 2010 Daniela rated it really liked it
Don't read this if you have to go on a plane in the near future.. you'll start hearing every noise of the engine and feel every turbulence 100fold. A great book though...
Diane Simone
Feb 15, 2017 Diane Simone rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written...Powerful yet subtle story. No hooks.
Dec 27, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it
"Max lived scared, always alert to the threat of disaster, and yet when disaster finally arrived he was relaxed."

This is the story of survivors of a plane crash told in third person narrative. It shifts between Max Klein's point of view and Carla Fransisca. During the crash, Max saves two kids and comes to be known as the Good Samaritan; Carla loses her two-year-old son. Because Max saved so many others, he believes he is indestructible. His behavior becomes increasingly self-destructive as he s
Jul 16, 2013 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, e-book
I bought this book because Amazon had it on their discount list one day, and because it is set in NYC which right now is one of my passions. However, I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It's a story of trauma and recovery that centers around two people who have survived a plane crash that killed dozens. I was afraid it might be too graphic, but Ylgesias did a wonderful job of giving just enough details to understand the carnage, but not so much that I felt ill reading it. And, h ...more
Feb 05, 2017 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Very engrossing detailed experience of a commercial plane crash from the point of view of a man who survived unscathed. He finds himself unafraid of anything, crossing in front of incoming traffic and telling his family and coworkers EXACTLY what he thinks, no sugar coating, causing them to think he's lost his mind.
N. Jr.
Aug 10, 2014 N. Jr. rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story full of intense drama. The reactions of the characters to surviving the trauma of a plane crash are realistic: one, a middle-aged man acting in reckless abandon, feeling invincible while reflecting a resentment of his life before the accident; the other a young mother whose two-year old died in the crash, debilitated by a guilt made more intense by her Catholic upbringing.

At times the writing is a bit weak,but this is more than balanced by perceptive descriptions of hum
Ghost of a Rose
4.5 stars
A novel based on the 1989 crash of United Flight 232 into a Iowa cornfield after the loss of hydraulic power due to a mechanical failure, this story is more about the aftermath of the disaster in the lives of two survivors. The fictional survivors are also based on real people and real events during the crash (with names and some details changed), although their subsequent lives in the book are totally fictional.
Judith Richards
Jun 02, 2010 Judith Richards rated it really liked it
This book is full of surprises: the characters are not predictable in any way. Neither is the plot. Yes, if you fly it could be scary to think about, but to me the book is more about learning to live life without fear. Rafael Yglesias' writing is first rate. I'm looking forward to reading another of his books...and I've just learned that his mother Helen Yglesias is also a novelist.
Sep 15, 2008 Barbara rated it really liked it
I really liked the movie, and I think I like the book even better. There are some minor changes that really allow you to spend more time in the two main characters' heads. I liked it so much I read Yglesias's "Dr. Neruda" book, which pretty much sucked hard core.
Linda Clemens
Sep 13, 2010 Linda Clemens rated it liked it
Follows two characters after their experience in an airplane crash. Don't read this if you have any fear of flying. The first 3 chapters would do you in. The story is entertaining but, as usual for me, the end is a disappointment.
Dec 09, 2014 Terrie rated it really liked it
I would give the first part of this book 5 stars for the suspense the author creates during the time between the explosion and the plane crash. The rest, how two survivors cope with the situation, is good, but not as intense.
Edward Burton
Feb 20, 2016 Edward Burton rated it it was amazing
One book definitely as good as the movie, and the movie was excellent. Jeff Bridges was stellar in his performance.
Apr 13, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Great writing.
Paul Gibson
Jun 16, 2012 Paul Gibson rated it it was amazing
Great re-view of life.
Jun 06, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it
Beautiful, quirky story of two individuals who survive a plane crash.
Alison Petrocelli
May 29, 2011 Alison Petrocelli rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read on life after a near-death experience. Better to read before seeing Jeff Bridges brilliantly portray the protagonist.
Jul 30, 2010 Ivory rated it liked it
Not as good as "Story of a Marriage". This had an interesting and unique story line, with odd yet compelling characters.
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Mar 22, 2009 Bruce rated it it was ok
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The movie is amazing; the book, not so much...
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Rafael Yglesias (b. 1954) is a master American storyteller whose career began with the publication of his first novel, Hide Fox, and All After, at seventeen. Through four decades Yglesias has produced numerous highly acclaimed novels, including the New York Times bestseller Fearless, which was adapted into the film starring Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez. He lives on New York City’s Upper East Side.
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